These are the first 5 of what will eventually be a unit of 15 Jungle Braves for the 3rd edition WHFB Slann force. They represent the most primitive subjects of the emperor and as such I have painted them in a very simple colour scheme relative to the rest of the army.
I decided to paint the clubs a little like an Irish shillelagh for the hell of it rather than particularly going for something of south american inspiration. I don’t plan on following along with real world historical precedent too closely, I am just going on my gut feeling of what I think will look good. Generally I like to mix and match stuff in an anachronistic style as I think it suits the Warhammer feel more appropriately and leave historical accuracy to the historical wargamers.
In terms of gaming with them the Jungle Braves are levy troops and so have diminished statistics compared to the other Slann warriors while costing less points to field. They can be used in closely formed units but are not exactly front line troops and would need to get onto a flank or rear of an engaged enemy to have any chance against decent enemy units. They make for an inexpensive reserve unit and can bulk out a force considerably when used in this manner, a bit like Skaven slaves really.
They make for a good skirmishing unit standing in front of the expensive elite troops and generally taking any missile attacks the enemy can throw at them with their excellent toughness of 4. I would not rely on them to do much actual killing of the enemy though except perhaps to chase off other skirmishers. They are some of the worst shots in the Warhammer world so missile weapons are not a great option at all really unless you want to use them in a small skirmish game where you want adversaries who are inept at shooting at your central cast of characters (like any native who has fired a missile at Indiana Jones). I have opted to equip them with shields as I intend to use them to “catch” any missiles destined for my precious elites. They are also invaluable for drawing out the inevitable goblin fanatics!
For levy troops they have excellent Cool so they will tend to stand their ground and not panic when friendlies flee past them, highly desirable in WHFB 3rd edition. Leadership 7 while good by levy standards is still about as reliable as a cowardly hooman though!